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Ricky Nolasco trade: Dodgers, Marlins 'close' to deal

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The Dodgers are close to acquriing RHP Ricky Nolasco, according to several reports.

Jason Arnold

Ricky Nolasco was coveted by numerous teams, but the Dodgers offer prevailed. The terms of the potential agreement are unknown. Although the boys in blue aren't expected to part ways with a top tier prospect, they will pay the rest of Nolasco's salary, per Ken Rosenthal. Ned Colletti is rumored to be sending minor-league pitching to the Miami Marlins, per Danny Knobler.

Nolasco, born and raised in Corona, California, seems to be very happy about the possibility of coming home.

Looking ahead, Chris Capuano or Stephen Fife will be replaced in the starting rotation. In addition, Nolasco is a free agent at the end of the 2013 season. Nolasco sports a deceiving 5-8 record with a respectable 3.85 ERA. The Marlins have decided to move on from Nolasco to give their youngsters an opportunity.

Nolasco instantly slides into the four spot of the Dodgers staff, and should fare better pitching in Chavez Ravine.